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The characters also care about the way women are conditioned to feel small in the workplace. Ferrera, who actually helped launch Time’s Up (her real photo with Gloria Steinem is used in the series), felt a familiar sting when filming this scene. “To a greater extent, that’s the dynamic that comes when so few women are allowed into the room, let alone women of color,” she says. “There’s a very small piece of the pie, and you’re competing with everyone else for it.”
After all, beneath the surface of Elishia and Rebekah’s friendship lurks the opportunity to trade it for WeWork’s benefit. But Ferrera says Rebekah’s ultimate betrayal of Elishia – grabbing her job title and… VF dissemination – is more personal than systemic. “I don’t think Rebekah’s competition with Elishia has so much to do with Elishia being another woman in her area, but that Rebekah sees in Elishia what she so desperately wants for herself, which is a purpose and a talent and good at something. to be. Ferrera explains.
These feelings of inadequacy are only compounded by Adam’s natural charisma. “It is definitely present with how [Rebekah] feels for Adam… that he is the superstar he is becoming,” Ferrera says. “She can’t really compete at that level because she’s not the founder of this company. But she sees an opportunity and a hope that she could step in and be what Elishia was.”
Ferrera’s character doesn’t judge Rebekah’s power plays – giving her advice on happy hour cocktails and introducing her to the three m‘s brand advisor. On the other hand, Elishia never “thought it would turn against her”. But it backfires. In her dramatic departure from WeWork, Elishia does some twists herself, throwing her once comforting words back at Rebekah. “You are” small,‘ she tells her. “And You Worry That” [Adam] surpasses you because he does. You have no light yourself.”
Despite the emotionally charged atmosphere in the scene, Ferrera says she and Hathaway had fun hitting some swings. “We shot it a lot of different ways and went really big, which is always a lot of fun to do. It was like with us Dynasty moment,” says Ferrera. “Than [we] improvised insulting stuff, stuff that didn’t necessarily make the cut, but it was really fun both getting excited and trying to take each other down.
In retrospect, Ferrera says it’s easy to point out the flaws in WeWork’s design. But many of us could have been tempted by the company’s promise, just like its character. “So many of those people [at WeWork] were hardworking, well-meaning, quite intelligent people who fell victim to a greater cultural tendency to believe that the next world-changing start-up is inevitable,” Ferrera says. “And why not be the one to become a millionaire or billionaire and come in on the ground floor?”
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